Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Celebrity Cruises have increased health and safety measures on all their ships in response to the threat posed by the coronavirus.

A statement from Royal Caribbean International (RCI) informs passengers that they will receive public health screenings at the China and Singapore terminals, as well as secondary screenings by local health authorities.

On guidance from government officials, RCI boarding will be denied for anyone who lives in, or recently passed through, any city or province under government travel restrictions.

MSC has implemented additional public health measures across its fleet since January 24. Anyone who has travelled from mainland China or visited mainland China in the past 30 days will be denied access to the ship. Passengers of all nationalities are required to fill out a pre-embarkation questionnaire.

MSC passengers will also undergo mandatory non-touch thermal scans before embarkation for every cruise operated by the company anywhere in the world. Persons with signs or symptoms of illness such as fever, chills, cough or difficulty breathing will be denied embarkation.

Guests who show symptoms of a fever after boarding will be isolated in their cabin. This also applies to their guests who are staying in the same cabin.

All ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet will deny boarding to any individual who has travelled from, to or through mainland China or Hong Kong in the past 15 days. Guests with fever or low blood oximetry diagnosed in the specialised health screening will also be denied boarding. These guests will receive full refunds.

There will be mandatory specialised health screenings for guests who may have been in contact with people in affected areas and for those who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms.